26 Mar 2018 10:26

N.Korean FM may visit Russia in mid-April - source with Russian Foreign Ministry

MOSCOW. March 26 (Interfax) - North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho may visit Russia in mid-April, a source at the Russian Foreign Ministry told Interfax.

"The visit of the North Korean foreign minister is being worked on. It's likely that it could take place in mid-April," the source said.

In mid-March, Ri visited Sweden, where he met with Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom. According to media reports, the parties discussed preparations for negotiations between Pyongyang and Washington. Sweden, which acts as a mediator, is considered to be a possible venue for such talks. The Swedish Foreign Ministry reported ahead of Ri's visit that the talks would center on Sweden's activity as a representative of the United States, Canada, and Australia in North Korea.

In the 1970s, Sweden became the first Western country to open an embassy in North Korea. The Swedish embassy represents the diplomatic interests of the U.S., Canada, and Australia.

On March 9, U.S. President Donald Trump announced that he is ready to have a closed-door meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un before the end of May 2018. The White House said that the date and venue have yet to be agreed on, and the agenda of the possible meeting is being developed.